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Bilasapex - 2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Bilaspur: 12th - 14th September 2014.
Bilasapex - 2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition was organized by Bilaspur Postal Division with the co-operation of Chhattisgarh Philatelic Association from 12th to 14th September 2014, at Raghvendra Hall, Bilaspur. In the inauguration function Shri Navin Tandon, General Manager, South East Central Railway (SECR), Shri Y. P. Rai (IPS), Chief Postmaster General, Chatisgarh Postal Circle, Shri C. R. Andhare, Senior Philatelist and Shri P. L. Patel, Sr. Supdt. Bilaspur Division were present. The exhibition was well attended school children, general public and people of all age groups. Stamp dealers from Kolkata and various stalls of India Post attracted the visitors and enthusiasts. “My Stamp” caught attention of one and all and a good number of orders for MY STAMP were received.
In all, there were 78 frames on display with 35 participants in different groups including the one Promotional Group. 25 entries were awarded prizes. Dr Pradeep Jain, a Senior Philatelist of Balod was a member of Jury. During the exhibition 3 Special Covers and 4 Stamp Booklets covering various natural, archeological and wildlife features of Bilaspur Postal District added grace to the occasion and made the event unforgettable. The concepts and designs of the Covers and Booklets are of Shri Naresh Agrawal and Shri Atul Jain of Bilaspur.
On 12th September 2014 a Special Cover depicting the historical Building of Bilaspur Railway Station, Bilaspur was released. Two Stamp Booklets featuring Mother Teresa, Apostle of Love and Mahatma Gandhi with Child were released. Special Covers were released in presence of Shri Navin Tandon, General Manager, South East Central Railway (SECR) and Sri Y. P. Rai, Chief Postmaster General, Chhattisgarh Postal Circle.
Bilaspur Railway Station came up in 1889 with the opening of Rajnandgaon to Bilaspur extension of erstwhile Nagpur Chhattisgarh Railway taken over by Bengal Nagpur Railway and construction of the Nagpur-Asansol main line of Bengal Nagpur Railway, which opened in 1891. The station building was constructed in 1890. It became a station on the crosscountry Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line in 1900.
On 13th September 2014 a Special Cover depicting the Kendai Water fall located on Bilaspur-Ambikapur Highway was released. Two Stamp Booklets featuring Chafara (Frangipani) the beautiful flower found in Achanakmar Bio sphere and Gaur (Bison) were released. These were released in presence of Sri Anup Srivastava, Chief Conservator of Forest, Bilaspur Circle and Sri M. Puran Chandra Rao, Director Postal Services, Chhattisgarh Postal Circle.
Kendai is a village on the Bilaspur - Ambikapur State highway No. 5. This is one of the beautiful picnic spots in the district. There is a lovely waterfall 75 feet high.
On 14th September 2014 a Special Cover depicting the archeological heritage of Malhar, a town in Bilaspur Dist. Was released. The cover was released in presence of Sri Manoj Kumar Agrawal G.M (CCO/QSD), SECL, Bilaspur and Ku. Sandhya Deogirikar, Asstt. Director (Philately), Chhattisgarh Postal Circle, Raipur.
The covers are priced Rs. 15/- and the booklets at Rs. 30/- each. The Special Cover have a brochure inserted inside to give details about each Special Cover.
The graceful valedictory ceremony was held with Sri A. P. Panda, GM-Finance, SECL, Bilaspur as Chief Guest who highly appreciated the efforts of India Post for organizing such a good exhibition. Shri Chandrakant Andhare, Senior Philatelist of Bilaspur was felicitated by giving away a Bhishmapitamah award for his outstanding performance in Chhattisgargh for the promotion of Philately since 1991.
Courtesy: Naresh Agrawal, Bilaspur | Atul Jain, Bilaspur
Special Cover on Kannada Sahitya Parishat Centenary Celebration - 17th August 2014.
Kannada Saahithya Parishath is one of Karnataka's oldest cultural institutions. It was formed on May 3, 1915 to promote Kannada language and literature through book publishing, literary seminars and research projects. It also organises an annual conference on Kannada literature called Kannada Sahithya Sammelana. The centenary celebrations of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat were inaugurated at Dharwad on 17th August 2014 by Minister of State for Kannada and Culture Umashri.
Karnataka Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to mark 100 years of Kannada Sahitya Parishat at Sattur, Dharwad on 17th August 2014. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/15/2014)
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Bookmarks depicting stamps on various theme issued by Karnataka Postal Circle.
Karnataka Postal Circle has brought out five sets of beautifully made bookmarks, each set containing 12 bookmarks, totaling to 60 bookmarks.The Themes are chosen thoughtfully and designed beautifully. The sets comprises of the themes - Birds of India, Miniature paintings, Flowers and Wildlife. Each Bookmarks are measuring 51 mm x 204 mm (approx.) On each bookmark individual stamp design is imprinted with detailed information about the theme and stamp imprinted on it. Issue date of the stamp is also mentioned on the bookmark.
Its a perfect gift for Bookworms and definitely for Philatelists. Each set of 12 bookmarks costs Rs. 35 per set. Cost of 5 Packs (60 bookmarks of 12 each) is available at cost of Rs 175. Bookmarks are available at Post Shoppe at Bangalore GPO. (Contact No. +91-80-22850058)
Courtesy: Jagganath Mani, Bangalore | Suresh Rao, Bangalore
Flags- Short Hand of History - An exhibition on the Indian National Flag by Shri Sekhar Chakrabarti.
A unique exhibition on the Indian National Flag in commemoration of the 68th anniversary of its adoption, was organised from 14th August to 24th August 2014 at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata, the cultural flagship of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs. The exhibition was curated by Shri Sekhar Chakrabarti, a leading philatelist of Kolkata. The exhibition, which was the first of its kind by the ICCR, featured a rich collection of the Indian National Flag symbol on myriad objects sourced from a plethora of articles, such as postage stamps, coins, currency notes, medals, old news paper articles and advertisements, book covers and various other artifacts like, matchbox labels, 78 RPM gramophone records, propaganda leaflets, etc. that were pieced together to reconstruct the history and evolution of the Indian National Flag. The exhibits explored and celebrated the rich history of our Flag and the process by which it was born on 22nd July 1946.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Sri Jayanta Sengupta, Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall, Prof. Bharati Roy, Member of the Governing Council, ICCR was the Guest of Honour. There were many visitors thronged the gallery almost all day long. On popular demand the closing date of the exhibition was extended up to 24th August. Local news papers and TV channels also covered the events. Many visitors mentioned that this type of exhibition should be taken to all other cities of India so that general people may get the opportunity to know the history of the National Flag more intimately. It was a grand success.
Courtesy: Sekhar Chakrabarti, Kolkata
Special Cover on Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra : 12th September 2014.
Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra is celebrated in Uttarakhand which is known as the abode of God. Nanda Devi is considered as the main deity in this beautiful and spiritual place. She is believed to have been the spouse of Lord Shiva and the daughter of the ruler of the mountains. Both Kumaon and Garhwal regions in Uttarakhand worship Nanda Devi; in fact the Yatra is one of the most famous religious events in India. Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra is celebrated every 12 years in Uttarakhand and also termed as the Himalaya Maha-Kumbha. This sacred Yatra comprise a long route that takes twenty two days for completion. The devotee travels almost 280 kilometers by trekking.
Last time it happened in circa 2000. It could not happen in 2012 due to mal-maas and then again in 2013 due to Kedar valley tragedy. This year Maa Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra was organised 18th August 2014 to 7th September 2014. To celebrate the successful completion of the Yatra, a function was organised in Dehradun on 12th September 2014, to felicitate the persons involved in organizing it. Uttarakhand Postal Circle issued a Special cover during the function. The first album was presented by the CPMG, Uttarakhand Postal Circle to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawat. (Special Cover approval no. UK/03/2014). The cover shows the yatra procession in the backdrop of the mysterious "Roopkund" lake. The cancellation depicting Maa Nanda Devi in 'poorna-shringaar' is designed by Sh. Rajesh Verma, prominent philatelist and designer of Dehradun.
Courtesy: Abhai Mishra, Dehradun
Special Cover on 102nd FDI Annual World Dental Congress : 11th September 2014.
FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy, and supporting member associations in oral health promotion activities worldwide. FDI works at the international and national levels through its own activities and those of its members. FDI is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a member of the World Health Professionals Alliance (WHPA).
The World’s most renowned and biggest dental show, 102nd FDI Annual World Dental Congress 2014, hosted by the Indian Dental Association is organized in Greater Noida, NCR New Delhi, from 11th to 14th September 2014 to provide a scientific programme, a trade exhibition and an international forum for the review and discussion of the advancement of oral health, oral health care and all other subjects which will advance the objectives of the FDI. The event was inaugurated on 11th September at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, NCR New Delhi, by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee.
Uttar Pradesh Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to commemorate 102nd FDI Annual World Dental Congress on 11th September 2014. Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and The Hon’ble Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik released the Special cover during the inauguration function. The cover design and cancellation illustrates Dr. R. Ahmed, the father of Dentistry in India. (Special Cover approval no. UP/7/2014)
Courtesy: Parvesh Gupta, New Delhi
Guntur Stamps and Coins Fest-2014 : 5th - 7th September 2014.
The Guntur Numismatic and Philatelic Society, organised 'Stamps and Coins Fest-2014', an exhibition of stamps, coins and currency notes from 5th to 7th September 2014 at SVS Temple function hall, Brundavan Gardens, Guntur to mark the 20th anniversary of the society. On 5th September 2014 a Special Cover commemorating the contributions of Shaik Nazar and Gurram Jashuva was released by Shri M. Sampath, Postmaster General, Vijayawada Postal Region, at the inaugural function of Stamps and Coins Fest. Society President Shri A.V. Krishna Rao, Secretary Shri M.V.S. Prasad and GNPS members Shri V. Sai Krishna, Shri K. Narayana Murthy, Shri N. Kishore Babu, Shri V. Suresh Chandra Nath were also present on the occasion. My Stamp facility was also made available during the event.
Burra katha, also spelled Burrakatha, is a oral storytelling technique in the Katha tradition, performed in villages of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The troupe consists of one main performer and two co-performers. It is a narrative entertainment that consists of prayers, solo drama, dance, songs, poems and jokes. The topic will be either a Hindu mythological story or a contemporary social issue. Shaik Nazar was a Telugu composer and great performer of Burrakatha. He was born in Guntur district in 1920. He studied Carnatic music before joining a Burrakatha troupe where he learnt the technique from Doddarapu Venkataswamy and Koti Veeraiah. His compositions on topical themes such as the famines in Andhra and Bengal famine of 1943 made him very popular. He performed Burrakatha in Telugu films, notably in Aggiramudu in 1954 is regarded as a classic cinematization of folk singing.
Gurram Jashuva (b. 28 September 1895 - d. 24 July 1971) was a Telugu poet. Jashuva was born to Virayya and Lingamma in Vinukonda, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was recognized with awards by Government of India. His literature's impact on the society was studied by researchers. Literary awards were instituted in his memory.
On 6th September 2014 a Special Cover on famous South Indian music director Chakravarthi Kommineni Apparao was released. Chakravarthi born as Kommineni Apparao, was a music director in the South Indian film industry. Chakravarthi learned classical vocal from Mahavadi Venkatappaiah. He formed a music troupe called Vinod Orchestra in Guntur and organised light music concerts. He scored music for 960 movies, in 1989 a total 95 films were released in Telugu cinema, in that, the music for 66 of those films was composed by Chakravarthi. Chakravarthi was born in Poonnekallu, Andhra Pradesh. He has a son Sri Kommineni who is also a music director and a playback singer.
Courtesy: V. Sai Krishna, Guntur | The Hindu
Indian Musicians, Special Folder presentation function at Vijayawada - 4th September 2014.
A special folder on Indian Musicians stamps prepared by Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle was presented by Sri M. Sampath, Postmaster General, Vijayawada Region to Shri Annavarapu RamaSwamy, renowed Violinist, at the function organised at Vijayawada H. O. on 4th September 2014. Sri K. Somasundaram, DPS Vijayawada and Sri S.V.Sivaprasad SSP were also present during the function.
Special Folder on Indian Musicians issued at Vishakhapatnam - 3rd September 2014.
Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle issued a Special Folder on the occasion of release of Commemorative Stamps on Indian Musicians at function organised at Visakhapatnam on 3rd September 2014. The folder was released by Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Postal Circle. The folder titled Indian Musicians, consist of four pages. The first page depicts the miniature sheet issued on Indian Musicians with few musical instruments around. The second page consists images of few famous Carnatic and Hindustani Musicians' stamps. The third page consist of images of stamps of Saint Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Syama Sastri the musical triumverate, with a packet of sacred mud (mitti) collected from Brindavan of Saint Tyagaraja of Thiruvaiyaru pasted below the Tyagaraja Swami's stamp and an original miniature sheet of Indian Musicians. The fourth page consist of illustrations f some special cancellations on Music issued over the years.The stamps and cancellations for the preparation of the presentation pack was provided by Cdr. G.Sriramarao, a Philatelist from Visakhapatnam.
Cdr. Shri G.Sriramarao exhibited his collection on stamps on music (10 frames), post offices related music theme (3 frames), unusual stamps on music (3 frames), coins on music (2 frames) and currency notes on music (2 frames). Cdr. Shri G.Sriramarao was also felicitated by the Chief Postmaster General and the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University on the occasion.
Courtesy: Cdr. G Sri Ramarao, I. N, (Retd.), Visakhapatnam
Berpex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition held at Berhampore, West Bengal – 5th - 7th September 2014.
Berpex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition was organised by Murshidabad Postal Division at St. John Ambulance Hall, Berhampore (West Bengal) from 5th to 7th September 2014. 40 Frames were on dispay at the exhibition. During the exhibition two Special Covers were released. One on Heritage Post Office of Berhampore and second on Murshidabad Silk.
Courtesy: Subhabrata Basu, Berhampore | Suman Banerjee, Berhampore
Special Cover on Platinum Jubilee – 75 years of Patna Women’s College – 7th September 2014.
Patna Women’s College was founded in 1940 by Bishop B.J. Sullivan S.J., Bishop of Patna and Mother M. Josephine A.C. Superior General of the Apostolic Carmel. It was the first institution of higher learning opened to cater to the educational needs of women in Bihar. Bishop Sullivan, the founder, named it Patna Women’s College and presented it as a gift to the Women of Bihar, thereby placing at their disposal an opportunity for higher education. It was Bishop Sullivan’s firm belief that the upliftment of Bihar lay in liberating its womenfolk by providing them with opportunities for higher education, in other words, by empowering them. In the early years the College and the hostel were housed in the Bishop’s own residence at Bankipur, which he vacated for this great work.
Bihar Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to mark platinum jubilee of Patna Women’s College on 7th September 2014 at Patna. The Special Cover was released by Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi at the inaugural programme of the platinum jubilee year of Patna Women’s College. (Sp. Cover approval no. BH/06/SEP/2014). The Cancellation depicts Platinum Jubilee logo of Patna Women’s College.
Courtesy: Pradip Jain, Patna
Set of 4 Picture Postcards issued by India Post.
India Post has introduced a set of four picture postcards having following designs. Picture Postcards are priced at Rs. 10 each and available at philatelic bureaux. Photographs on Picture Postcards are taken by Gautam Pandey and Mike Pandey.
1. Western Tragopan, Himachal Pradesh
2. Chandra Tal, Himachal Pradesh
3. Langza Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
4. Tiger Cubs, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Permanent Pictorial Cancellation and Special Cover at Sri Ramanasramam Post Office, Thiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu – 1st September 2014.
India Post introduced a new Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at Sri Ramanasramam Post Office, Tiruvannamalai 606603 on 1st September 2014, to coincide with the Advent day of Shri Ramana Maharshi, the founder of the Ashramam.
A Special Cover was also released on the occasion by Tamilnadu Postal Circle. Mr. Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai Circle released the Permanent Pictorial Cancellation and a Special Cover at Ramanasramam.
Courtesy: Kasinath Rajasekaran, Thanjavur
Inauguration of Philately Training Hall at Postal Training Centre, Vadodara - 4th September 2014.
The Postal Training Centre, Vadodara is a premier Training Centre of Department of Posts that runs high quality training programmes for postal personnel. The Centre was established in 1962 to impart training to Postal Employees in order to enhance the efficiency of the department by training the officials in various fields. The training centre is imparting training to the employees of various postal circles like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh etc. As a part of various training programs, Postal Training Center is also conducting lectures on various aspects of philately and philatelic workshops, mock philatelic exhibitions for postal employees with the help of members of Baroda Philatelic Society.
Brig. Sanjeev Thapar, Chief Postmaster General, Gujarat Circle inaugurated new Philately Training Hall at Postal Training Centre, Vadodara on 4th September 2014 in presence of Shri B. B. Dave, Postmaster General, Vadodara Region, Shri Ganesh Savaleshwarkar, Director, Postal Training Centre, Vadodara, Smt. Sucheta Joshi, Director, Postal Services, Vadodara, Shri Prashant Pandya, President, Baroda Philatelic Society, Shri Timir R. Shah, Hon. Secretary, Baroda Philatelic Society and other dignitaries and staff members of India Post, Postal Training Centre and members of Baroda Philatelic Society.
New Philately Training Hall has been decorated with blowups of commemorative stamps and equipped with Audio Visual equipments. 10 Specially designed attractive philatelic frames have been permanently installed on the walls of the hall. Each frame can house 8 exhibit sheets (1/2 frame). In total 5 Frame exhibits can be exhibited in these frames. Permanent display of exhibits will be arranged in these frames for the benefits of postal trainees. Permanent display of exhibits in regular philatelic frame is also planned in near future.
Buy India Post Stamps from Snapdeal; India Post and Snapdeal tie up to Offer Stamps Online.
World's largest postal service, India Post has tied up with online marketplace major Snapdeal to sell stamps to reach out to larger audiences. Under the partnership, targeted especially at philately enthusiasts, Snapdeal will sell stamps and collections priced between Rs 300 - 5,500.
"Miniature works of art, documenting human history and endeavours, cultures, traditions and national heritage, postage stamps can be window to the world. The partnership with Snapdeal will enhance the ease of purchasing philatelic stamps and products on the Internet at the click of a button," India Posts Secretary Kaveri Banerjee said.
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Commemorative Stamps on Indian Musicians - 3rd September 2014.
India Post issued a set of eight Commemorative Stamps on Indian Musicians commemorating Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ms. D.K. Pattammal, Ms. Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan on 3rd September, 2014. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released stamps at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. India Post has issued eight separate sheetlets of all eight musicians containing nine stamps each in a sheetlet and a Miniature Sheet containing eight stamps.
Stamps issued on Ravi Shankar and Bhimsen Joshi are in denomination of Rs 25 whereas other stamps are in the denomination of Rs 5 only.
Release of stamps on classical music maestros who gave a new dimension to Indian music has been widely appreciated. Main release function was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 3rd September 2014. Presentation cum release function were held at other parts of the country.
In Bangalore Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy and Karnataka Postal Circle organised Presentation cum release function at Nayana Auditorium, Kannada Bhavan, J. C. Road, Bangalore. Stamp album of Commemorative stamps was presented by Shri M. S. Ramanujan, Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Postal Circle to Dr. Shalini Rajanish, IAS, Principal Sectretary, Department of Kannada and Culture. Shri K. A. Dayananda, Director, Kannada and Culture and Smt. Gangamma Keshavamurthy, President, Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy were the Guests of honour of the function.
On the occasion Cultural programme of Carnatic Vocal music by Vidwan R. K. Padmanabha, Hindustani Vocal music by Pt. Vinayaka Toravi, Flute & Santoor Jugalbandhi of Sri Prakash Hegde and Shri Sridhar Hegde was also organised.
12 Frame Philatelic Exhibition was also organised on Music theme with the help of Karnataka Philatelic Society.
Visakhapatnam Postal Region organised a presentation function of Commemorative Stamps on Indian Musicians at Jubilee Hall, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam at 6.00 pm on 3rd September 2014. Shri B. V. Sudhakar, Chief Postmaster General, AP Postal Circle presentd the stamp album to Prof. G. S. N. Raju, Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam in the presence of Shri I. V. L. Sastry, Renowned Carnatic Musician, Shri Atchyuta Narayana, Bobbili Veena Maker, Smt. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam Postal Region and Shri Vennam Upender, Director Postal Services, Visakhapatnam Region.
12 Frame Exhibition on Music theme was also organised on the occasion. Cdr. Gandikota Sriramarao, I. N (Retd.) a philatelist from Visakhapatnam exhibited his exhibit on music. Exhibition was visited by more than 1200 students and number of local visitors. Carnatic Music Programme was also organised on the occasion.
Maharashtra Postal Circle also organised a presentation function of Commemorative Stamps on Indian Musicians at Mumbai. Renowned Hindusani Classical Singer Smt. Padmaja Fenani-Joglekar released the commemorative stamps at a function held in the bicentenary hall of Mumbai GPO Building. Shri Pradipta Kumar Bisoi, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra Postal Circle, Shri Harish Agrawal, Postmaster General, Mumbai Region, Shri D. Manoj, GM Finance were also present at the function. The function started with Ganesh Vandana by Indian Idol junior finalist Ms. Sugandha Date.
A release function was held in Chennai also. Shri T. Murthy, Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Postal Circle released the album containing the stamps on Indian Musicians in presence of Dr. Nalli Chetty, Shri A. Natarajan, Former Director, Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai, Shri Ravichandran and Shri N. Balasubramanian, Secretaries of Brahma Gana Sabha, Chennai and Shri Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai.
Tamilnadu Postal Circle also issued a Special Presentation Pack of the Indian Musicians issue. This pack consists of one Miniature Sheet, one FDC with Miniature Sheet. On opening the presentation pack, it plays an Indian classical music. Face Value: Rs 400/- . Only 100 issued.
Courtesy: Jagannath Mani, Bangalore | Smt. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam Region | Arunachalam Venkataraman, Chennai | Pradip Jain, Patna | The New Indian Express
Commemorative Stamps on Indian Musicians - 3rd September 2014.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released a set of eight Commemorative Postage Stamps on Indian Musicians at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 3rd September, 2014. The set of stamps brought out by the Department of Posts feature luminaries in the field of classical Indian music namely Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Ms. D.K. Pattammal, Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, Ms. Gangubai Hangal, Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
On the occasion, Honbl'e President congratulated the Department of Posts for their initiative in bringing out these stamps and said although one cannot sum up the achievements of these gifted souls in just a few words, I would like to pay homage by recalling a few aspects of their outstanding contribution to Indian music.
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan made his debut at the age of 13 at a music conference in Allahabad in 1936. His mastery of the sarod and his brilliant compositions gave him the title of a ‘national treasure’. As a performer and as a teacher, he popularized Indian classical music - not only in India but also in Europe and in the USA.
Pundit Bhimsen Joshi had developed the khayal form of singing. He was best known for his popular renditions of devotional music. He was a classicist by training and temperament but evolved an approach that sought to achieve a balance between "traditional values and mass-culture tastes".
Smt. D. K. Pattammal, who started her training at the age of only four years, went on to become a legend in Carnatic Music. She achieved the highest levels in her field of music . Along with Smt. M S Subbalakshmi and Smt. M L Vasanthakumari, she was considered one of the "Female Trinity of Carnatic Music”. Her perfect rendering of Ragam Tanam-Pallavi , a composition that had all along been a domain of male artists, earned her the title of "Pallavi Pattammal”.
Smt. Gangubai Hangal, another child-prodigy, made her debut in the 1924 session of the Indian National Congress in the august presence of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sarojini Naidu and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. She fought prejudice and opposition to make music her career and remained committed to classical music for 75 years - until her last concert in 2006.
Pundit Kumar Gandharva is remembered for his creation of new ragas and for bringing the spotlight to the music of Madhya Pradesh. His legacy includes his amazing experimentation with Nirguni bhajans and folksongs.
Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana had set new standards through his mercurial improvisations in both melody and metre - without ever losing the emotional content of the songs that he rendered.
Pundit Ravi Shankar, will forever be remembered for the heights that he conquered as a legendary sitar player and composer of Hindustani classical music. He popularized the sitar in all parts of the world with his brilliant performances and creative compositions. His use of unconventional rhythmic cycles and unique compositions remain unrivaled to this day.
Ustad Vilayat Ali Khan, who introduced Indian music to the world along with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan was another of the greatest pioneers of Indian classical music. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Photo Courtesy: PIB
Special Cover on 81 Years of Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal - 29th August 2014.
Ganesha also spelled Ganesh, and also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, is a widely worshipped deity in Hindus. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains, Buddhists, and beyond India. It is widely revered as the remover of obstacles & the god of beginnings; he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Lalbaugcha Raja is the most famous Sarvajanik Ganapati, kept at Lalbaug, a prominent locality in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The idol is kept for public display for Eleven days thereafter it is immersed on the auspicious day of Anant Chaturdashi. It is believed that this Idol of Lord Ganesha is Navsacha Ganpati (which means the "one who fulfills all wishes") and hence over 1.5 million people visit this Ganesh Pandal daily during the 10 day Ganesha festival.
On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturti a Special Cover along with a post mark on 81st Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal was issued by Maharshtra Postal Circle with the help of The Philatelic Society of India on 29th August 2014. (Special Cover approval no. MH/21/2014). The cover carries the image of the famous Lord Ganesha of Lalbaug, Mumbai which is popularly known as “LALBAUGCHA RAJA”. “1 Kt Gold Ganesha Emblem” is also affixed on the cover. The Release Function was held at the Lalbaugcha Raja Pandal near the Idol at 10.00 am. Shri Harish Aggarwal Postmaster General, Mumbai Region, Shri Sudhir Salvi Secretary LRSGM, Shri Surendra Kotadia and Shri Kapil Gogri of Philatelic Society of India, Shri Prashant Mavani, President JULRA and other dignitaries from India Post were present at the release function. The cover is designed by Shri Kapil Gogri on behalf of the LRSGM & PSI.
The cover is enclosed in a presentation pack which would be available for sale at Rs.250 each in a limited quantity. Interested collectors may contact: Shri Kapil Gogri, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtesy: Kapil Gogri, Mumbai
Special Cover on Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Decennial Year - 22nd August 2014.
Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering (KMSME) is a marine college located in Cochin, Kerala, India. Located on the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) campus, Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering (KMSME) is started with a precise revelation of creating eminent seafarers who can coup with the demands of the ever-growing shipping industry. It is the only Marine Engineering Training Institute, which is under direct control of a government University. School of Marine Engineering of Cochin University is named after Kunjali Marakkar, as a tribute to the valiant chief of King Zamorin of Kozhikode, who fought against Portuguese colonialism erstwhile Malabar coast during 16th Century.
Decennial function of Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering and Passing out Ceremony of seventh batch students of B.Tech Marine Engineering at Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering held on 22nd August 2014 at the Kochi University. Keral Postal Circle released a special cover with special cancellation in honour of the completion of ten years of Kunjali Marakkar School of Marine Engineering on 22nd August 2014. (Special Cover approval no. KL-11/2014)
Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bangalore